HERproject is Generously Supported by
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided a grant to BSR in 2015 to integrate wage digitization into all HERfinance programs in South Asia. With this investment, BSR will support suppliers in switching from cash to digital payroll as a way to bring large numbers of garment workers into the formal financial system. HERfinance training will support workers through this transition.
In 2016, the C&A Foundation partnered with HERproject to expand HERrespect to India. This program will aim to improve gender relations in the manufacturing sector through peer-to-peer and management training and through capacity-building for local companies on how to prevent harassment in the workplace. The project will use partnerships with local business associations to design and scale activities.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition has partnered with BSR to develop a sustainable intervention model for the garment sector in Bangladesh that combines food supplementation, behavior change interventions, and empowerment of workers to request and use quality health and nutrition services and advocate for better child care facilities in the workplace.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, through the Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights Fund, is a key supporter of HERhealth. For three years, the Fund will contribute to global programming and scaling efforts of HERhealth, helping us enhance the information and services provided to women workers, the capacity of local organizations, and the level of participation of local and international businesses.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals is a key supporter of HERhealth. The two-year partnership, which was established in April 2016, will allow HERhealth to scale programming in China, India, Kenya, and Ethiopia, and to strengthen our communications and deepen our engagement with our company partners.
The Walt Disney Company has supported HERfinance since the program’s launch in 2012. In addition to providing a seed grant for the development and launch of the HERfinance pilot in India, Disney provided core funding in 2013 to allow the program to expand to additional countries in Latin America and Asia.
Through the Trade in Global Value Chains Initiative, UK aid supports two BSR pilot programs in Bangladesh and Kenya. Building on the successes of HERhealth, the program in Bangladesh aims to improve factory nurses’ qualifications and the capacity of onsite clinics to contribute systematically to improved national health outcomes. In Kenya, the project focuses on scaling up HERproject activities in the horticulture sector by recruiting new farms and engaging all employees, including male workers. The program will also develop local partners’ capacity to offer a series of additional health-related services to farms.
The What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Programme, a flagship program from the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), supports the development and launch of HERrespect—a new approach to transforming workplaces to recognize gender equality as a business priority—in Bangladesh. The Innovation Grant also supports vigorous evaluation to generate evidence on what works to prevent and address violence in the workplace and in intimate partner relationships.